If Anayo Iwuala does not get another chance for Nigeria, he really is missing a trick. The lad has the machinery to cope if invited by coach Gernot Rohr.
Since being let loose by Esperance this season he has slotted into the first team like a seasoned professional.
His performance in the Tunisian Super Cup against CS Sfaxien on Saturday was proof that Black and Gold have reasons to feel positive about the future, whatever happens between now and years to come.
Pint sized winger Anayo Emmanuel Iwuala is fast, powerful and direct, and most of all he has an end product. His strike secured a 1-0 win for Esperance over their rivals at Stade Olympique de Radès (Radès).
Before joining the Tunisian giants, he was menacing for Enyimba in the Nigeria Professional Football League and the continent last season.
So many young players from Chidera Ejuke to Ahmed Musa had problems in their early years with adding an end product to their games. Iwuala looks to have nailed it already.
Critics would suggest Chidera Ejuke is yet to master it, but given his equally dynamic display on Saturday, perhaps Iwuala’s breakthrough is also bringing out the best in the CSKA Moscow winger who had a great display in the win over Cape Verde Islands.
The former Enyimba poser boy deserves a chance in Nigeria’s upcoming games at the beginning of the month of October. Beyond the Qualifiers is a realistic goal.
Competition for wide berths is tough, Moses Simon, Ejuke, Ahmed Musa, Samuel Chukwueze, Henry Onyekuru, Alex Iwobi, Samuel Kalu and even Kelechi Iheanacho could be played wide.
But Iwuala has shown enough to suggest he can add something different. There is often a breakthrough star at every Qualifiers with Nigeria. The next two games against Central African Republic could see Iwuala have a say.